The 20 Best Nicknames in the Big Mafia Bust

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News came down this morning about the FBI's largest organized crime bust in New York history, in which raids resulted in the arrest of over 100 alleged mobsters from all five crime families including the Gambinos, Genoveses, Luccheses, Bonannos and Colombos. Charges run the gamut from murder to gambling and the ol' standby, racketeering, and now WNYC has the full list of indictments. Digitally thumbing through the documents, two things are initially clear: this thing is huge (16 indictments in all) and none of them share my last name. The other thing that jumps out is that these dudes have great nicknames. Here are 20 of our favorites:

20. VINCENT AULISI, also known as "The Vet"

19. GIOVANNI VELLA, also known as "John Vella," "Mousey" and "Little John"

18. STEPHEN DEPIRO, also known as "Beach"

17. ANTHONY CAVEZZA, also known as "Tony Bagels"

16. JOHN BRANCACCIO, also known as"Johnny Bandana"

15. ANTHINO RUSSO, also known as "Hootie"

14. FRANK BELLANTONI, also known as "Meatball"

13. CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS, also known as "Burger"

12. VINCENZO FROGIERO, also known as "Vinny Carwash"

11. JOSEPH CARNA, also known as "Junior Lollipops"

10. DENNIS DELUCIA, also known as "Fat Dennis," "Little Dennis" and "the Beard"

9. LUIGI MANOCCHIO, also known as "Baby Shacks," "The Old Man," and "the Professor"

8. ANTHONY DURSO, also known as "Baby Fat Larry" and "BFL"

7. GIUSEPPE DESTEFANO, also known as "Pooch"

6. JOHN AZZARELLI, also known as "Johnny Cash"

5. ANDREW RUSSO, also known as "Mush"

4. VINCENT FEBBRARO, also known as "Jimmy Gooch"

3. BENJAMIN CASTELLAZZO, also known as "Benji," "The Claw" and "the Fang"

2. ANTHONY LICATA, also known as "Cheeks," "Anthony Firehawk," "Anthony Nighthawk," "Nighthawk" and "Firehawk"

1. JOHN HARTMANN, also known as "Lumpy," "Fatty" and "Fats"

[jcoscarelli@villagevoice.com / @joecoscarelli]

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jmissinne16mm
jmissinne16mm

How about "Chicken Alfredo" (he was the snitch) or "Noodles Romanoff"?  

Ghostrider428
Ghostrider428

As far as reputations go The Mafia Infrastrusture was "Unshakeable"  You "Screw Up", or "Talk Too Much"    Bye!  Bye!  I would rather have a member of the Mafia behind me watching my back, than any other etnicity in front of me to turn "Chicken"

Cheeks
Cheeks

You need to fallow the moon crest!! You wouldn't know what that is!!!

Cheeks
Cheeks

whats wrong couldn't catch Micheal Dittlo??? LOL good luck on that!!

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penis enlargement

Thanks for the useful info... I was searching for this a long time ago

ivy
ivy

Anybody rat out Barbie yet?

Maya
Maya

It seems like too many of them are eating very good, and many canolli's!

Thomasf9000
Thomasf9000

If only these lower-echelon guys could pick their own, more intimidating names...Like, I hear "Pooch" or "Junior Lollipops" and think..."Yeah- what a pair of testis on THAT guy...They're big! They're hangin' low!"

Thomasf9000
Thomasf9000

For real though...These names are mostly unflattering, and had to have been unwillingly pegged on them from their capos...Like, I hear "Pooch" or "Junior Lollipops" and think..."Yeah- what a pair of testis on that guy...They're big! They're hangin' low!"

Thomasf9000
Thomasf9000

More fodder for pop culture...Sammy da Bull, Franky da Moose, Lulu, Luckyhands, Big Pussy, et. al...Why we romanticize these psychos and losers is anyone's guess...but it sure is funny:)

chucky
chucky

its just amazing to me how in this day and age some families still encourage their children to embrace this cowardly and vicious lifestyle. Most of them live high on our hog only to wind up dead, in jail, or worse, in witness protection hiding from what they strived to be. signed bob...aka bobby the butcher hiding somewhere in a.z.

CitizenWhy
CitizenWhy

I always thought that bagel was an Italian name. My Jewish friends pronounce it "Bagelah."

wakakakaka
wakakakaka

doodes... Does Tony Bagels own Tony Bagelz the deli? near Gowanus284 3rd Ave(between President St & 4th Ave) Brooklyn, NY 11215

JB
JB

NO...I have known Tony for nearly half my life...Definitely NO!!!

Kadija
Kadija

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SDnitches

Famous Snichtes names are "Elect", "Partner in Crime", "Stea"

Queen Beatrix (avatar)
Queen Beatrix (avatar)

Sort sounds like the list on shopping or foods menu to just eye by a look over in moments in some "Batman Movie" "the Cape"show on T.V. can get the idea in names to remember.Why didn't they get caught by decades ago and when The Soprano's H.B.O gets on main-street to just know thats if its really truely,.... name calling types in"Mafia" Irish = shennanigans jokestirs for more work off F.B.I. employees,....Sick stimulus,....

Johnny Gnocci
Johnny Gnocci

I think they all suck

mia famiglia
mia famiglia

What next is the news reports in shows public work and since about at a grand(800), off FBI job goodfellows did something going on to work at practices. They want to insult all other ITALIANS in fact good people also now will get hit from real insult too!

Hibou
Hibou

''Junior Lollipops'', aka''The Sucker''! LOMFA, Joe.

Julez
Julez

David Frette aka "Plums"

Hengde
Hengde

Here's Tony Bagel's pokerpages account: http://www.pokerpages.com/play...

favorite place: Italyfavorite movie: Usual Suspectsfavorite celebrity: Pacinofavorite music: Pop

well, almost fits the profile completely

Brian Konash
Brian Konash

They should have paid more attention to "Joey Informer"

Butchy Big Balls
Butchy Big Balls

I can see why some Italian Americans were offended by The Sopranos.

Apps
Apps

And not a single Paulie among them. Phenomenal.

bobalino
bobalino

How did John Hartmann and Christopher Reynolds make it to the mob, much less the list? Their names end in consonants!!

Thomasf9000
Thomasf9000

I guess these non-Sicilian guys could never be capos, but the Italian mob has its share of Irish-Americans on the thug level of the organization...

carol
carol

Damon Runyon would have love it! Similar crimes, I amsure, happen all over the world but nothing like in the USA. Those guys are so Yankee-Doodle.....and so made in America. LOL

chatter,titles in mob
chatter,titles in mob

Thats sounds okay at first these kinds in names kind too not too bad to keep in line.Then back decades ago never mess around its be gone 'on- the- run'!!

Commentator
Commentator

Poor John Hartmann, not only does he get tagged with three insulting nicknames, but with a name like Hartmann is clearly not eligible for full membership in the Mafia.

Tony Crotchrot
Tony Crotchrot

What about: Tony "no not that Tony, the other Tony... no no, not the fat Tony, the slightly overweight Tony, you know with the hair thing and the sweat suit..."

John LaRosa
John LaRosa

Poor "Mush"...that guy can never catch a break! (ref: "A Bronx Tale")

EvitaR
EvitaR

"Jelloe" had to be a big softy

Rob Lantz
Rob Lantz

Life imitating the Sopranos... The 20 Best Nicknames in the Big Mafia Bust

John Gotti
John Gotti

Another good one somehow not on the VV list:

"Tony O"

(Anthony O'Donnell a/k/a "Tony O" -- USA V. Dragonetti, 11CR0003 EDNY)

Paulie
Paulie

Anastasia "Needs A Shower" Odoriffico

Alfredo "Garlic Breath" Antipasto

Salvatore "Slightly Annoying" Rashticcia

Luca "Kind Of Gets On Your Nerves At A Party When He's Had A Few Too Many On An Empty Stomach" LiMoncello

flataffect
flataffect

I thought "Jack the Whack" and "Louie Ices" were pretty picturesque.

Old Rockin' Dave
Old Rockin' Dave

There still isn't one to top Carmine "The Snake" Persico.

Jimmy
Jimmy

Your #9 is incorrect.LUIGI MANOCCHIO is known as "Baby Shanks"In reference to his short, muscular arms.

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